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She is well known as the outpatient surgical nurse at River Falls Area Hospital and, maybe even more so, as a founder of the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. Mary Conroy Johnson has been married for 33 years to Dr. Bob Johnson, a longtime family practitioner at RFAH and an equally committed organizer and volunteer, like Mary, to the River Falls-based free clinic. Mary is 59, wasn't overweight or on regular medications. Though a very busy person, she's not physically that active but considers herself fit except for some arthritis. Yet on Aug.
Driving in the countryside most of us have seen cornstalks maturing to seven or eight feet tall in farm fields. But how about one that's over 12 feet tall? And grown by the side of an apartment building on Main Street? The giant cornstalk planter is 87-year-old Ross Pierson. He's a retired farmer but claims those skills had little do with the super-sized plant. "It's just the seeds and a pretty generous use of Miracle-Gro fertilizer," Ross says. "I watered it when I could with a bucket." The corn seeds are special tropical imports from Mexico and Brazil.
As of Thursday, Oct. 13, the River Falls Fire Department lifted the burning ban from last week following Wednesday's steady rain that also brought cooler temperatures. The ban, brought on by drought conditions, applied to the city of River Falls and surrounding towns. In its update, the Fire Department did add offer this advice: "As we get into another nice weekend things will start to dry out again, so (we) ask that people continue to use caution when cooking outdoors or having recreational fires.
Alcohol use, a bright moon and a college homecoming, or some mix of the three, seemed to fuel a frenetic week and weekend of law enforcement for River Falls police. Scads of citations were issued for underage drinking and open intoxicants. Those doing the illegal drinking often called attention to themselves, like the couple allegedly having sex in a parked car, engine and radio running, in the 100 block of West Park Street at 12:35 a.m. Sunday, or the 19-year-old UW-River Falls female student found lying on the sidewalk in the 400 block of South Fourth Street at 1:10 a.m.
With winter ahead, Peter Morsch, resource development manager for the local St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, makes this plea: "Clear out your garages, closets, workshops, basements before the snow flies and give us your stuff. It's hard during tough times like these to give cash, but you can always find stuff you don't need that you can give away." The stuff giving is part of the local Habit for Humanity's collection drive billed as "Fall Haul." It's set for 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct.
If you like being around kids, wouldn't mind helping them in the classroom, and are also looking to reduce your property tax burden, the River Falls School District has just the program for you. To qualify you have to be 62 and own a house within school district borders. "This isn't just some weird idea we thought up," said the school district's Community Education Coordinator Monique Squire. "This program has a proven track record across the country.
A 28-year-old Hastings, Minn., man arrested in Prescott for allegedly choking a woman and fighting with police was later charged with attempted battery of three nurses at River Falls Area Hospital the night of Sept. 26. In a criminal complaint filed by the Pierce County district attorney, Randy S.
Due to the extremely dry weather and high winds being forecasted for the next few days, River Falls Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said a burning ban went into effect at noon Thursday, Oct. 6. This affects the River Falls area and beyond.
A 48-year-old Hammond man's son was badly injured after the boy was thrown from a 2007 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The Hammond driver was going around a curve when he lost control. The truck went into a ditch and flipped several times. The rollover occurred at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, on Hwy. 29 south of 690th Avenue in the town of Clifton. Dale P. Rapp, 48 is the driver. He was not seriously injured. Rapp's son, Zeke Orme, was listed by the Pierce County Sheriff Department as a "minor child." Rapp apparently was eastbound on Hwy.
A 22-year-old UW-RF student thought he was back home in Vadnais Heights, Minn. Alas, he only made it as far as the 300 block of East Walnut Street in River Falls. There, a female tenant had returned home just before 3 a.m. Saturday and found a strange man passed out on her couch. She called River Falls police. An officer couldn't rouse the young man, so he performed a "sternum rub" and then a "deeper sternum rub" before the man on the couch came to. Asked where he thought he was, the man said he was "over at his place." He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for a checkup.